Heston Blumenthal OBE
Culinary Alchemist Michelin-starred Chef & Restaurateur
 
Internationally famous for his award-winning, 3 Michelin-starred The Fat Duck in Berkshire, Heston Blumenthal is considered to be one of the best and most influential chefs of his generation. Completely self-taught, he has pushed the boundaries of a traditional kitchen and changed the way people cook and think about eating. After extensive academic research, Heston was the first chef to affirm that eating is a ‘Multi -Sensory experience’. He advocates scientific understanding in cooking, for which he has been awarded honorary degrees from Reading, Bristol and London universities and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He now brings to Karakuri his world-leading understanding of the intricacies of how science and food work together.
Karakuri Heston Blumenthal
Sarah MacDonald
Chief Legal Officer KFC (Yum Brands!) Western Europe
 
Sarah is Chief Legal Officer for KFC
(Yum Brands!) Western Europe and is responsible for all legal and regulatory matters across 13 Jurisdictions divided into six markets. The Western Europe business is a multi-billion pound business which incorporates over 1500 restaurants and employs over 40,000 people. Prior to KFC, Sarah worked as Chief Counsel (Commercial & Operations) at BT plc responsible for end to end advice across the Consumer business. Prior to BT, she worked as a corporate solicitor at CMS LLP (London) advising on major
M&A for a range of sectors including a secondment to AIG (London/New York). Sarah now brings her extensive legal knowledge and experience to Karakuri.
Karakuri Portrait Sarah Macdonal
Professor David Lane
Founder and Director Edinburgh Centre for Robotics
 
David is passionate about robotics and AI (RAI) and transforming its rich research into useful products and services that serve today’s unmet needs. His breadth of entrepreneurship includes leading technology startups into high-growth businesses which earned him the 2011 Praxis-Unico Business Impact Achieved Award, the 2013 Scottish Digital Technology Award for International Growth and the 2019 Scottish Knowledge Exchange Champion Awards. Originally trained as an electrical engineer and scientist, David has published over 300 papers in international journals and conferences, including creating and coordinating international multi-party RAI hubs and projects (ORCAHUB winner of the 2018 Guardian University Business Collaboration Award). With many strings to his bow, he is also the founding Director and Professor in the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, works alongside a range of venture capitalists and supports multi-national government-funded projects to develop RAI businesses from the research. David was appointed CBE
in 2016 for services to engineering.
Karakuri David Lane
Simon Watt
Co-founder Karakuri
 
Simon was employee number 24 at
ARM where he held a number of positions including Head of Research.
He was responsible for many of ARM’s technologies, from cache architectures to TrustZone - ARM’s security architecture for the trusted computing ecosystem.
In 2004 he joined Barney working at Universal Music Group, where he spent 11 years as Head of Technology. In 2018 he co-founded Karakuri with Barney Wragg, leaving in 2020 for personal reasons.
Karakuri Simon Watt
Paul Clarke
CTO Ocado
 
Paul is Chief Technology Officer at Ocado, the world's largest online-only grocery retailer. After joining Ocado in 2006, Paul initially worked on warehouse control systems and then joined the team designing Ocado’s next highly automated fulfilment centre. After establishing new teams for Simulation and Mobile development, Paul then co-wrote the first of Ocado’s award winning mobile apps. Ocado Technology, with its 1300 software engineers and other IT specialists, is responsible for building all the software and IT infrastructure that powers Ocado's end-to-end e-commerce, fulfilment and logistics platform. Ocado are now busy signing deals with large bricks and mortar grocery retailers around the world who wish to use the Ocado Smart Platform to operate online grocery scalably and profitably. Paul's current role includes exploring opportunities to use Ocado's technologies to disrupt other sectors and the technology vision and future proofing of the business.
Karakuri Paul Clarke
Dr Edward Johns
Director of The Robot Learning Lab Imperial College London
 
Edward is Director of the Robot Learning
Lab at Imperial College London, where
he is also a Lecturer and Royal Academy
of Engineering Research Fellow. His research lies at the intersection of robotics, computer vision, and machine learning, and his lab is developing methods for robots to perform object manipulation skills with their arms and hands, in everyday environments. He has a BA and MEng from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD from Imperial College London.
Karakuri Edward Johns
Professor Alan Winfield
Professor of Robot Ethics, UWE Bristol Visiting Professor, Department of Electronics, University of York
 
Alan is deeply interested in mobile robots for two reasons: they are complex and potentially useful machines that embody every known design challenge and discipline, robots allow humans to address some deep questions about life, emergence, culture and intelligence in a radically new way, i.e. by building models.
Thus for Alan, robotics is both an engineering and experimental philosophy. Alan is committed to the widest possible dissemination of research and ideas in science, engineering and technology and believes that robots provide us with a wonderful vehicle for public engagement. As a passionate believer that intelligent robots will become ubiquitous in the near future, Alan is committed to starting a dialogue now about the ethical and moral questions that will arise.
Karakuri Alan Winfield